A foiled cash in transit (CIT) heist in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Tuesday left a police officer and a security guard injured after a group of men opened fire on them when their plans to bomb the vehicle and make off with the cash inside went awry.
Police responded swiftly to the incident, ensuring that the five suspects were unable to get away after they forcefully removed a cash box from the security guard on duty. Prior to getting the call about the incident, they had been reviewing footage at a nearby mall where another CIT robbery had taken place in March.
Cash in transit robbery foiled
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in KZN, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said in a statement on Wednesday 21 April that the incident took place at approximately 15:30 on Tuesday,
“Yesterday police officers from the Durban Central police station visited a shopping mall in their police precinct to view video footage that could assist them in an investigation that they were conducting. As they were viewing the footage, they were alerted to a cash-in-transit robbery that had taken place on the premises and they immediately responded,” he said.
He said that five men confronted the security guard and forcefully removed the cash box from his possession before all hell broke loose, with the suspects opening fire on the responding officers.”
“The police officers came to his assistance and managed to prevent the men from fleeing with the money box. The suspects opened fire on the police officers and injured a 25-year-old Constable as well as the security guard as they fled empty handed,” he said.
Cop, security guard in ‘critical condition’
Naiker said that the officer and the security guard who were injured are in a “critical condition”. Both were shot in the abdomen.
“Both the police officer and security guard were transported to a local hospital where they remain in a critical condition. Detectives from the Hawks are investigating the cash-in-transit robbery and a manhunt is underway to trace the perpetrators,” he said.
KZN Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, applauded the police officers for their swift response, and offered his prayers and thoughts to the injured officer and security guard.
“We are saddened to hear that a police officer and security guard were injured in this skirmish with the robbers and we wish them a speedy recovery. We will do everything that is within our control to bring the perpetrators to book,” said Mkhwanazi.